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January 2018

Leadership Thursday – Dr. Rayas and Dr. Paprocki

January 11, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Pontchartrain Center, 4545 Williams Blvd
Kenner, Louisiana 70065

This day is designed for principals, clergy, lay ecclesial ministers, and other leaders in schools and parishes.  Today’s catechetical leader faces unparalleled challenges and complexities in proclaiming the Gospel to a world that is often distracted, divided, and despairing. Disciples of Jesus, however, are equipped with a message of hope! We will begin Leadership Thursday with a Leadership Luncheon, courtesy of Loyola Press.  Then, in an interactive session, Verónica Rayas, PhD, and Joe Paprocki, DMin, will identify mindsets and strategies for effective catechetical leadership…

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Friday Keynote Address – Dr. Tim Hogan

January 12, 2018 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Pontchartrain Center, 4545 Williams Blvd
Kenner, Louisiana 70065

“The Gift of Cultural Hurricanes: Embracing the Transforming Forces of Post-Modern Culture”   Multiple global forces have combined to create a cultural hurricane that is pounding and often washing away ancient bridges of human connection. These forces are fundamentally changing the landscape of family life, and, importantly, radically changing what families need from us in ministry. Using sociological research as well as his own work as a therapist and frequent workshop leader, Dr. Hogan will help us to understand this…

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Student Ministry in the High School – Thomas Baier

January 12, 2018 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Pontchartrain Center, 4545 Williams Blvd
Kenner, Louisiana 70065

Student Ministry in the High School This presentation will describe the Student Ministry  Team at Brother Martin High School.  It will present the mission of the team, how it is selected, trained, and maintained throughout the school year. Thomas Baier, Campus Minister at Br. Martin High School for six years.  Religion Dept. Co-department Chair for two years.  Religion Department Chair at Ursuline Academy for 11 years.  Campus Minister at Ursuline Academy for two years. He was born and raised in…

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Catechesis and the Catechumenate – Mary Birmingham

January 12, 2018 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Hilton Garden Inn, 4535 Williams Blvd
Kenner, LA 70065 United States

Catechesis and the Catechumenate How do the four pillars of Christian formation from the RCIA weave together to form a catechetical process unique to catechumenal ministry, a process that can inspire all of our catechetical activity in the parish? Mary Birmingham is the director of music, liturgy, and Christian Initiation at Ascension Catholic Community in Melbourne, Florida.  A graduate of St. John University's School of Theology, Collegeville, Minnesota, with an Masters of Arts in Theology and Liturgy.  Mary is also…

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Faith Strong : Finding Hope in Catholic School – John Braham

January 12, 2018 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Pontchartrain Center, 4545 Williams Blvd
Kenner, Louisiana 70065

Faith Strong - Finding Hope: Bearing the Cross of Bereavement in the Catholic School In the timeframe of one calendar year, Opelousas Catholic School endured the death of five students and two staff members in unrelated events.  Despite the most difficult circumstances, Opelousas Catholic has managed to turn these tragedies into triumph.  With faith and focus, the school has assisted students and faculty in coping with these losses and has managed to grow into a stronger faith community.  John Braham,…

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Teaching to Strengths: Serving All God’s Children with Love and Hope – Carrie Freyer

January 12, 2018 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Pontchartrain Center, 4545 Williams Blvd
Kenner, Louisiana 70065

Teaching to Strengths: Serving All God's Children with Love and Hope We will explore creative ways to teach Catholic concepts for all children, but especially children with autism and special needs. In this formational workshop, a variety of models of inclusion, effective teaching methods, best practices, and strategies will be shared that benefit catechists and teachers. Carrie Freyer is the Sales & Marketing Curricula Specialist for Loyola Press. She has worked at Loyola for fourteen years marketing elementary curriculum products…

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A Practical and Hopeful Response to Pornography – Adam Fuselier

January 12, 2018 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Pontchartrain Center, 4545 Williams Blvd
Kenner, Louisiana 70065

A Practical and Hopeful Response to Pornography How can youth ministers, teachers, and campus ministers offer teens an attractive and compelling solution to address the issue of pornography? Adam will share information about ACT, is a teen-centered community built around formation and virtue training. This community seeks to bring healing to a hurting culture. Adam Fuselier is the Program Director for Dumb Ox Ministries, a Catholic non-profit organization that brings St. John Paul II's Theology of the Body to thousands…

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Hope in Change – Kathleen Hendricks

January 12, 2018 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Pontchartrain Center, 4545 Williams Blvd
Kenner, Louisiana 70065

Hope in Change Change rocks our world. While small changes create ripples that generate excitement or dread, large ones produce waves that plunge us into the throes of anxiety or anticipation. Is it any wonder that the symbol for hope is an anchor? Placing our hope in God through the minor and major changes in life not only brings a sense of stability, but also a glimpse of possibility. When we view change through the lens of hope, we find…

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The Gift of Cultural Hurricanes – Dr. Tim Hogan

January 12, 2018 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Pontchartrain Center, 4545 Williams Blvd
Kenner, Louisiana 70065

The Gift of Cultural Hurricanes: How to Build Bridges that Empower Parents and Transform Catholic Families Effectively working with youth and families today poses previously unseen and epic ministry challenges. Dr. Hogan will propose effective strategies to reinvigorate ministry by creating new connections between youth, families and their parish. Dr. Tim Hogan is a psychologist and Certified Imago Relationship Therapist who co-authored How to Find the Help You Need, a guide to psychotherapy and spiritual direction, and recently released an…

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Hope in Suffering – Fr. Brent Maher

January 12, 2018 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Pontchartrain Center, 4545 Williams Blvd
Kenner, Louisiana 70065

Hope in Suffering How do we find God in the midst of sufferings? What can we do to foster hope in times of trial? Using Psalm 42 as a guide, we will walk through a Biblical response to the sufferings of this world, emphasizing the critical elements: honesty in prayer, trust in God, and Christian hope that points us beyond we can see. Fr. Brent Maher is from Denham Springs, LA. He attended LSU for two years prior to seminary…

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Hope for the World:  Catechesis that forms Missionary Disciples – Dr. Kristin Witte

January 12, 2018 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Pontchartrain Center, 4545 Williams Blvd
Kenner, Louisiana 70065

Hope for the World:  Catechesis that forms Missionary Disciples As Catholics, our Scripture and Tradition call us over and over again to bring hope to those who are living on the margins of society. The presentation will explore practical ways parish catechetical leaders can integrate care for the poor and vulnerable seamlessly into their formation programs. The ministry of compassion and social justice is not meant just for a few parishioners, but for all the faithful. Workshop will include simple…

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Leading Children to Pray – John Collins

January 12, 2018 @ 2:25 pm - 3:45 pm
Pontchartrain Center, 4545 Williams Blvd
Kenner, Louisiana 70065

Leading Children to Pray:  Catechist as Pray-er and Model of Hope for the Journey It’s easy to teach children prayers…the words and phrases that we say.  But how do we pray with children?  Is it just a routine?  Is there a classroom environment that sends a message that prayer is important?  Are prayer experiences prayer-ful?  Children donÂ’t develop a prayer life from a book, but from the example of those adultsÂ…parents and catechistsÂ…who guide them in their faith journey.  This…

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Families of Hope – Katie Almon

January 12, 2018 @ 2:45 pm - 3:45 pm
Pontchartrain Center, 4545 Williams Blvd
Kenner, Louisiana 70065

Families of Hope: Building Partnerships between Catholic Schools and the Home As Pope St. John Paul II shares in Familiaris Consortio, the Church observes that the institution of the family acts as a sacramental “cradle” for the fostering the faith among generations. The need for reaching out to families, therefore, is crucial to the success of the work of evangelization in the Church. The session would be focused on highlighting "best" practices used by Catholic schools around the country to…

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Young People, the Faith, and Vocational Discernment – Dr. Leonard DeLorenzo

January 12, 2018 @ 2:45 pm - 3:45 pm
Pontchartrain Center, 4545 Williams Blvd
Kenner, Louisiana 70065

Young People, the Faith, and Vocational Discernment We will assess the formative influences on young people today, the end to which the Church’s evangelization and formation efforts are ordered, and the possibilities for renewing the Church’s mission in forming young people for vocational discernment. We'll ask, how do we create cultures in which it's easier for young people to be Catholic? Leonard J. DeLorenzo, PhD, teaches theology at the University of Notre Dame, where he works in the McGrath Institute…

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Making Hope Real – Becky Eldredge

January 12, 2018 @ 2:45 pm - 3:45 pm
Pontchartrain Center, 4545 Williams Blvd
Kenner, Louisiana 70065

Making Hope Real Hope is an invitation to see and appreciate the world, much like God does, and believe that things can improve. It is a call to action, rather than a chance to stick our heads in the sand like an ostrich and cross our fingers. In this workshop, Becky shows you how to make hope real, even when your season of life feels anything but hopeful. She will offer you tools on how to name what’s really going…

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Moving from Service to Missionary Discipleship – Kevin Foy

January 12, 2018 @ 2:45 pm - 3:45 pm
Pontchartrain Center, 4545 Williams Blvd
Kenner, Louisiana 70065

Moving from Service to Missionary Discipleship Catholic educators inspire young people not only to serve, but to do so as missionary disciples sent to share God’s love, particularly with the poor, marginalized, and ignored.  Using Pope Francis’s Evangelii Gaudium as a framework, this session will share practical methods to transform service experiences into opportunities for encounter with GodÂ’s love in unexpected people and places, profound discernment, and commissioning into lives of authentic discipleship in and for our world. Kevin directs…

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An Eminent Place: Catechesis at the Heart of Liturgy – Tom Kendzia

January 12, 2018 @ 2:45 pm - 3:45 pm
Pontchartrain Center, 4545 Williams Blvd
Kenner, Louisiana 70065

An Eminent Place: Catechesis at the Heart of Liturgy Practical tips to implement faith-filled, vibrant liturgies for the whole community. Tom Kendzia is well known as a composer, arranger, producer, teacher, clinician, author and performer.  He has been a professional liturgical musician for more than 30 years.  He has 15 collections of liturgical and instrumental music.  Tom is a national consultant for Sadlier in the field of liturgy and music. Sponsored by: William H. Sadlier, Inc. MEETING LOCATION: HILTON GARDEN…

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Hope in the Psalms – Fr. Brent Maher

January 12, 2018 @ 2:45 pm - 3:45 pm
Pontchartrain Center, 4545 Williams Blvd
Kenner, Louisiana 70065

Hope in the Psalms St. Athanasius wisely pointed out to his hearers that the Book of Psalms was effectively like a Bible in miniature, a place where all human emotion found a voice, and a directive on how to pray to God. This talk will emphasize the rich tradition of praying the Psalms, focusing in particular on the integration of the Psalms into one's life of prayer, allowing them to become fonts of hope. Fr. Brent Maher is from Denham…

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The Road to Emmaus: Learning to Teach with Hope from the Teacher – Jason Romero

January 12, 2018 @ 2:45 pm - 3:45 pm
Pontchartrain Center, 4545 Williams Blvd
Kenner, Louisiana 70065

The Road to Emmaus: Learning to Teach with Hope from the Teacher On the road to Emmaus, the two disciples encountered Jesus in a transformative way.  Their eyes were "opened" and their hearts "burned".  By rediscovering Jesus as the disciples did on the road to Emmaus, we can bring hope to a world that has largely forgotten Him. Jason is the Director of Christian Formation for Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church in Baton Rouge.  He graduated from LSU with…

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School of Hope – Barry Schoedel

January 12, 2018 @ 2:45 pm - 3:45 pm
Pontchartrain Center, 4545 Williams Blvd
Kenner, Louisiana 70065

School of Hope: How the Catholic School can Communicate the "Hope that Doesn't Disappoint" to the World The Catholic School is central to the pastoral activity of the Church. It has a distinct but integral mission to the ministry of Christ, that of living and proclaiming the Gospel in the midst of the World. In this presentation educators will be renewed in their vision of their vocation and the profound hope of the Gospel it is based upon. It is…

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